What does armature mean?

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ˈɑr mə tʃərar·ma·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. armaturenoun

    coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field


  1. armaturenoun

    The rotating part of an electric motor or dynamo, which mostly consists of coils of wire around a metal core.

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

  2. armaturenoun

    The moving part in an electromechanical device like a loudspeaker or a buzzer.

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

  3. armaturenoun

    A piece of soft steel or iron that connects the poles of a magnet

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

  4. armaturenoun

    A supporting framework in a sculpture.

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

  5. armaturenoun

    A protective organ, structure, or covering of an animal or plant, for defense or offense, like claws, teeth, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

  6. armaturenoun

    Armor or a suit of armor.

    Etymology: From armature, from armatura.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armaturenoun

    armor; whatever is worn or used for the protection and defense of the body, esp. the protective outfit of some animals and plants

    Etymology: [L. armatura, fr. armare to arm: cf. F. armature. See Arm, v. t., Armor.]

  2. Armaturenoun

    a piece of soft iron used to connect the two poles of a magnet, or electro-magnet, in order to complete the circuit, or to receive and apply the magnetic force. In the ordinary horseshoe magnet, it serves to prevent the dissipation of the magnetic force

    Etymology: [L. armatura, fr. armare to arm: cf. F. armature. See Arm, v. t., Armor.]

  3. Armaturenoun

    iron bars or framing employed for the consolidation of a building, as in sustaining slender columns, holding up canopies, etc

    Etymology: [L. armatura, fr. armare to arm: cf. F. armature. See Arm, v. t., Armor.]


  1. Armature

    In electrical engineering, an armature generally refers to one of the two principal electrical components of an electromechanical machine — generally in a motor or generator — but it may also mean the pole piece of a permanent magnet or electromagnet, or the moving iron part of a solenoid or relay. The other component is the field winding or field magnet. The role of the "field" component is simply to create a magnetic field for the armature to interact with, thus this component can comprise either permanent magnets, or electromagnets formed by a conducting coil. The armature, in contrast, must carry current so it is always a conductor or a conductive coil, oriented normal to both the field and to the direction of motion, torque, or force. The armature's role is twofold. The first is to carry current crossing the field, thus creating shaft torque in a rotating machine or force in a linear machine. The second role is to generate an electromotive force. In the armature, an electromotive force is created by the relative motion of the armature and the field. When the machine acts in the motor mode, this EMF opposes the armature current, and the armature converts electrical power to mechanical torque, and power, unless the machine is stalled, and transfers it to the load via the shaft. When the machine acts in the generator mode, the armature EMF drives the armature current, and shaft mechanical power is converted to electrical power and transferred to the load. In an induction generator, these distinctions are blurred, since the generated power is drawn from the stator, which would normally be considered the field.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Armature

    (a.) A mass or piece of iron or steel, or a collection of pieces of iron designed to be acted on by a magnet. While nickel or cobalt might be used, they rarely or never are except in experimental apparatus. The armature of a permanent horse shoe magnet is simply a little bar of soft iron. When the magnet is not in use it is kept in contact with the poles with the idea of retaining its magnetism. It is then said to be used as a keeper. A bar magnet does not generally have an armature. The armature is also used to exhibit the attraction of the magnet. Sometimes an armature is made of steel and is permanently magnetized. Such an armature, termed a polarized armature, is repelled when its like poles are opposed to like poles of the magnet and otherwise is attracted with force due to the sums of the magnetism. If the magnet is sufficiently powerful depolarization of the armature may ensue when like poles are opposed to like poles. Polarized armatures are used in various appliances, magneto generators, telegraphic instruments and others. (b) In a dynamo or Motor the mass of laminated iron or of wire which carries the coils of insulated wires which are caused to rotate in the field of force of the field magnets in order to establish and maintain potential difference with its accompanying current, or which rotates under the effects of a current in a motor. (See Dynamo Electric Generator.) The work of the armature core is twofold. It acts as a portion of the magnetic circuit, conducting the lines of force, and by virtue of its high permeability or multiplying power concentrating a number of the lines of force through its own substance. To enable it to act with efficiency in this direction it should be made of iron of the highest permeability, and should approach as closely as possible to the armature cores consistent with leaving space for the wire winding. It next acts as a support for the wires which are to be swept through the field of force. Thus it acts both to establish a strong field and then acts as a carrier for the wires which are to be cut by the wires in question. In connection with this subject the different definitions under Armature, Dynamo, Commutator, Induction and similar topics may be consulted. (c) See Armature of Influence Machine. (d) See Armature of Leyden Jar or Static Condenser.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. armature

    Armor; whatever is worn or used for the protection and defense of the body.


  1. Armature

    applied to the spinous or chitinous processes on the legs, body or wings; or the corneous parts of genitalic structures.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of armature in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of armature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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